The Beginning


Chidoriya was established by Mr. Osamu Horikiri in Kyoto, Japan in 1949.

In its first years he focused on making original beauty goods and handbags for Maiko (apprentice Geisha) and Geisha. Geisha and Maiko "girls" of that generation were fashion and beauty trend setters in Kyoto.

Ms.Tomomi Horikiri (Osamu's second daughter) was a make-up artist in both New York & Japan for more than 25 years working with major musicians, models and actresses. She has met many people who were having skin problems such as acne, eczema etc… that encouraged her to do extensive research about the cosmetics and skincare products which she has been using at the time. The results, she discovered that many allergic/skin reactions are caused by the chemical /synthetic ingredients that are contained in them.

One day, she received a gift from her friend….an herbal water that is made by her grandmother. The idea came to her… " I can make skin care products that are 100% natural and organic using Japanese traditional ingredients with a twist." She continued her research based on the philosophy that cosmetic ingredients should be almost the same as what we eat!

The Internet was established by Tomomi in New York in 1999 with her wish to introduce the excellent beauty goods of Japan.

The first product launched was: pure camellia oil based "Azuki red been & brown sugar soap" . Since then we have produced products using the traditional ingredients such as: Yuzu, Greentea, Azuki, Rice bran and Gettou(Alpinia speciosa) etc.

Today, we carry over 100 items including Tsuge boxwood combs, brushes, cosmetics pouches and hair accessories and export to London, Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to serve you better.